All eyes on BCB AGM
The Bermuda Cricket Board holds its annual meeting tonight at Warwick Workmen’s Club, with president Lloyd Smith facing a wall of uncertainty after an executive exodus last week.
Smith’s entire executive committee jumped ship after a special meeting last Thursday, leaving he and executive director Cal Blankendal effectively as the last men standing at the pinnacle of the national sport.
The Royal Gazette understands that Smith was charged with inappropriate use of the corporate credit card.
Against the wishes of his executive committee, Smith forged ahead with retaining the services of former West Indies Test captain Jimmy Adams, in his capacity as the Cricket West Indies director of cricket, as guest speaker for the board’s end-of-season awards night on November 9 — and used his BCB-issued credit card to do so.
Smith’s falling-out with his executive over this matter is believed to be at the heart of the originally scheduled annual meeting on December 12 lasting only five minutes so that a special meeting could be called to find resolution.
However, the clubs at that meeting last week voted 6-4 with two abstentions against a motion to censure the president, resulting in a mass exodus that included first vice-president Mishael Paynter, treasurer Moses Mufandaedza, and club representatives Clay Smith, Michael Stovel and Kellie Smith.
Lorenzo Tucker, the assistant secretary/treasurer, formalised his resignation in writing the day after the special meeting.
The one executive member whose status is uncertain is second vice-president Paul Ross, who is said to have been a fleeting presence in recent months.
The rescheduled BCB AGM starts at 6pm.
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